All classes need a commitment to be successful. No class has an in and out policy of come when you want as it hurts groups as a whole and individual students. Advance notice is important for absences. Students should speak to teacher/moderator in person. Parents can call, e-mail or speak with the teacher, but the student still must come and speak for themselves. Please avoid "dropping in" to take care of what might be a small problem. There are concerts, festivals and other major events to plan. Please make an appointment.
Concert Band - 7am daily - This is the group that goes on the trips.
The trial period is 2 weeks without missing a day or being late with no negativity and students checking in with teacher. It's extremely important to do this because the first 3 days they won't be able to adjust yet. Beginners who join need to also be enrolled in the during the day band class. At 2 weeks the students become comfortable with how everything is run and how they fit in.
Beginning Band - Block D 6th graders both experience and no experience.
6th graders will feel that everyone knows more than they do. This is not the case. Many know nothing when they come in and it requires 2 weeks of starting to play and trusting the instructor knows how to help them. Some know enough that they can answer questions to help the others learn quickly. I'm available as much as possible for everyone at the beginning of the year for help. All they need to do is ask.
Intermediate Band - Block B 7th preferred experience, but have had beginners
Advanced Band & Composition - Block C 8th graders, have played about 2 years
Percussion Ensemble - Tuesdays 4-5
Jazz Band - Wednesday & Friday 3-4
Orchestra - Tuesday & Thursday 3-4